The Paragard® copper intrauterine device (IUD) has been connected to serious injuries and complications in patients implanted with the device. The IUD is implanted inside the uterus and designed to provide long-term birth control. However, the device can break inside patients, leading to health issues and complications with removal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of Paragard® breakage.
Patients are filing lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the IUD manufacturer failed to warn about the risks associated with Paragard® use. If you were implanted with the Paragard® IUD and suffered injuries due to breakage of the device before or during removal, contact us for a free case evaluation.
About Paragard® IUD
Paragard® IUD is composed of a polyethylene “T” wrapped in copper wire. Unlike other types of IUD, Paragard® is hormone-free. The Paragard® device uses copper to generate an inflammatory reaction in the uterus which creates an unfavorable environment for egg fertilization. The device is generally implanted by a doctor during an office visit.
Paragard® was approved by the FDA in 1984 for continuous use up to four years. In 1994, Paragard® was approved for use up to ten years.
Adverse Events Reported to the FDA
The FDA has received more than 1600 adverse event reports related to the Paragard® IUD since 2010. The reports include events such as the following:
- A Paragard® IUD broke apart inside a patient and the device was removed surgically.
- A Paragard® IUD was removed after being in place for 6.5 years and was found to be missing both arms. A sonogram revealed that the device’s arms were embedded in the patient’s uterine tissue.
- A hospital reported four incidents where Paragard® devices fractured upon removal in 2014. According to the report, three of the four involved devices well under their expected lifespan.
- A Paragard® device was noted to be missing the copper coil from the stem upon removal, according to a 2015 report.
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If you or someone you know has experienced complications after the implantation of a Paragard® IUD, you may be entitled to compensation. Click, Chat or call 1800LAW1010 24/7 to determine what legal action you may take related to this defective product.